Group 4 Project Abstract

A brief analysis on the effect of signal penetration through increasing volume of a medium.

Many members of the Vassar community, students and faculty alike, occasionally experience issues with our wireless connections across campus. There are many variables as to why the connection in our rooms may be inferior to the connections in other locations on campus— RF interference, distance from the connection source, for example. However, a particular phenomena that our project seeks to elucidate is the effect of different materials on the quality of Wi-Fi reception. Our project examines the relationship between the loss of wifi/RF signal strength and the change of volume of a single type of material. This material that we use will be our sole variable. Our hypothesis is that by increasing the volume of our chosen material (wood, in this project), we will diminish the strength (and consequently, quality) of the Wi-Fi connection we will be measuring.

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